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Leonard Halladay

PhD candidate

Leonard Halladay, BA (Alberta), MA (Ottawa), is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science and Institute of Political Economy. Leonard returned to graduate studies in the Fall of 2017, after working in research at the Senate of Canada and serving as Stakeholder Relations Coordinator to the Hon. Catherine Mckenna, PC, MP at the House of Commons. At present, he is a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto.

Leonard’s interests in politics are informed by questions of identity, difference, citizenship, and belonging, with a particular focus on how difference based in gender and sexuality is politicized in contemporary liberal-democratic states. This includes concern for the future of integrationist policy frameworks, factors implicated in the (re)production of social and material difference, and the extent to which that difference is politically significant.

Leonard’s doctoral research, supervised by Prof. Marc Hanvelt, probes these themes by revisiting the relationship of multicultural citizenship to Canadian nationalism as well as to the wider field of identity and difference politics. Part of this work considers how queer and trans ways of being and knowing challenge orthodox conceptions of belonging and the extent to which multicultural citizenship, in (re)producing specific social and political effects through its attendant emphasis on rights-based equality, limits the possibility of realizing justice and equality for these and other communities.

Off campus, Leonard serves on the board of MAX Ottawa, a community-based organization focused on maximizing the health and wellness of gay, bisexual, Two-spirit, queer, and other guys who are into guys, both cis and trans, in the National Capital Region. He remains deeply committed to contributing to public dialogue on education, awareness, and support for the challenges faced by LGBTQ2+ people.

Leonard’s primary research and teaching interests are in Modern and contemporary political theory (identity and difference politics), Canadian politics, and critical political economy.